Five docs to get latest round of Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds

Five documentary projects, including Nisha Pahuja's Send Us Your Brother and Jay Cheel's How to Build a Time Machine, have received a total of CAD$120,000 in grants from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds.
September 2, 2015

Five documentary projects have received a total of CAD$120,000 (US$90,260) in grants from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds.

Formed in 2008, the funding initiative is comprised of a $3,000,000 completion fund and a $1,000,000 development fund that provides Canadian documentary filmmakers with financial support at critical stages in their work.

Three completion grants totaling $100,000 have been presented to Beauty Day director Jay Cheel’s How to Build a Time Machine, Pete McCormack’s Spirit Unforgettable and Sébastien Rist and Aude Leroux-Lévesque‘s Living With Giants, which was pitched at the Hot Docs Forum this past spring.

Projects were evaluated by the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Completion Fund selection committee, which included Sarah Jane Flynn, then-senior director of original factual content for Shaw Media; Elizabeth Radshaw, director of industry programs for Hot Docs; and John Ritchie, chief creative officer for Force Four Entertainment.

Elsewhere, development grants totaling $20,000 were awarded to Ariel Nasr’s The Forbidden Reel and Nisha Pahuja‘s Send Us Your Brother. Pahuja was last month named a participant of the National Film Board of Canada and Canadian Film Centre’s Creative Doc Lab program

The selection committee for the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund included Craig Baines, production executive of original factual content for Shaw Media; Hot Docs’ industry programs director Radshaw; and Aynsley Vogel, director of development at Paperny Entertainment.

A total of 143 projects have received funding to date from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds, with funding totaling $3.27 million in completion grants and no-interest loans. The application process for the next round of funding will open in May 2016.

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